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While stating that resuming death penalty would send a wrong signal to the world, the European Union (EU) today said it would continue to monitor Sri Lanka’s effective implementation of the international conventions relating to the GSP+ commitment.

In a statement, EU Spokesperson for Foreign Affairs, Maja Kocijancic said the EU would monitor 27 international conventions relating to the Generalised Scheme of Preferences Plus (GSP+) commitment, including the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.

“Resuming the death penalty would send a wrong signal to the international community, investors and partners of the country. Such a move would directly contradict Sri Lanka’s commitment taken at the 73rd United Nations General Assembly in December 2018 to maintain the moratorium,” she said.

She said death penalty was a cruel, inhuman and a degrading punishment, and the EU unequivocally opposes its use in all circumstances and all cases.

“While the Sri Lankan authorities have cited the need to address drug-related offences, studies show that the death penalty fails to act as a deterrent to crime. Since the end of the internal conflict, Sri Lanka has achieved major progress to consolidate the basis for a resilient, democratic and inclusive society. The European Union, as a partner and friend of Sri Lanka, expects the authorities to make every effort to preserve these achievements, and to uphold the country’s international commitments,” Kocijancic said.

  Comments - 6

  • Dudley Sharp Thursday, 27 June 2019 11:16 PM

    It will send the right message. Some crimes are so horrendous that the criminal has sacrificed their right to live.

    N.Perera Friday, 28 June 2019 04:18 AM

    Beggars can,t be choosers

    SL Friday, 28 June 2019 07:48 AM

    First EU must tell us what they have done to protect our youth from this drug mafia, and rehabilitate the kids suffering every moment in their life who were trapped by the drug dealers.If they have done nothing ,...... and stay let us do deal with drug mafia

    SL Friday, 28 June 2019 08:07 AM

    GSP is another mafia our politicians are addicted to.It is worst than Heroin Mafia

    Siri Friday, 28 June 2019 09:54 AM

    Where there is irrefutable evidence in premeditated, planned cases of brutal rape and murder, child rape and murder , murder of police personnel, torture and decapitation and drug related murder the offenders have forfeited their right to live any longer. Unless the EU or anyone else can come up with a remedy to transform such criminals, death penalty is a logical deterrent against such crimes.

    Siri Friday, 28 June 2019 10:03 AM

    By declaring they can continue to eat, drink and live on child rapists, murderers of children and police personnel and drug related killers YOU ARE sending the wrong signals to would be criminals of such crimes. It's not so difficult to preach good samaritan theories from an arm chair.

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